THEATRE Three Sis­ters

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Lyric Theatre, Belfast. Ends Oct 29 7.45pm (Sat & sun mat 2.30pm) £24.50/£15 belfast More than 100 years later, the three sis­ters are still stuck, but in Lucy Cald­well’s ad­mirably free-handed adap­ta­tion of Chekhov’s play for the Lyric, the sib­lings are now mired as much in 1990s Belfast as they are in a par­tic­u­lar point in his­tory. In Selina Cart­mell’s fluid pro­duc­tion a fresh and un­easy peace is still stalked by sol­diers, and army brats Orla, Mar­i­anne and Erin stand be­tween a past they would rather for­get and a fu­ture that has no ob­vi­ous ac­com­mo­da­tion for them. Some cru­el­ties are am­pli­fied (the sis­ters, de­fend­ing their ter­ri­tory from a Chi­nese sis­ter-in-law, are now flat-out racist), some sub­tleties are lost (the man­ner of the telling is un­nec­es­sar­ily forced), but Cald­well’s ele­giac take on peo­ple in tran­si­tion is ab­sorb­ing and af­fect­ing, squint­ing un­cer­tainly to­wards what is yet to come. in­ter­na­tion­alarts­fes­ti­

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